By @drewtrush // president trump has instructed interior secretary ryan zinke to review up to 40 national monuments that have been created during the terms of three preceding presidents. included is the recently created bears ears national monument, sparking outrage in much of the outdoor community. click on the link in my bio to learn more on the web @drewtrush
Video by @bertiegregory. yacare caiman are capable of making water dance! when displaying to potential mates and showing members of the same s*x who’s boss, they sink down into the water so their backs are just below the surface. they then produce a spooky low frequency booming noise which causes this bizarre spectacle. shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo. follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures.
@marcusbleasdale war is not always about death and destruction. in the middle of a conflict villagers return from their farms with food for their families. despite the violence and constant oppression, they have time for fun with a photographer. learn more about the conflict and the people of car in the new edition of the national geographic magazine which includes a reportage shot by me over four years in the central african republic. it represents the people of car and their struggle for survival during the #carcrisis. the ipad or iphone edition will include additional photos. incredible text by @petergwin. thanks to all the staff at national geographic magazine and @humanrightswatch and all those in car who helped to make this piece a reality. special thanks to @bouckap
Photo by @gerdludwig
31 years ago, on april 26, 1986 reactor #4 at the chernobyl nuclear power plant blew up. the radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. it remains the worst nuclear accident to date.
in 2011, the ukrainian government legalized trips to the chernobyl exclusion zone allowing it to become a disaster-tourism destination. the most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting, paint is peeling from the walls, and gas masks litter-evacuated schools.
pripyat today bears less than honest witness to its abrupt abandonment as visitors have changed its landscape: first the scavengers, who stripped the rooms of valuables and now the tourists. with limited time in the zone, the visitors often alter the abandoned environment, making compositions to be photographed close-up by countless cameras and phones.
the ever-falling chips of chalk from the ceilings have blanketed some of these “still-lifes,” often creating the illusion for the next visitors that this is how the evacuees hastily abandoned the scene.
you can learn more about chernobyl from my book and ipad app the long shadow of chernobyl.
Video by paolo woods and gabriele galimberti @woods_galimberti@gabrielegalimbertiphoto | more than 1.3 million people are estimated to visit the david in the galleria dell’accademia in florence, italy. the david is a marble sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by michelangelo buonarroti. it represents the biblical hero david and is considered a masterpiece of renaissance sculpture and has become one of the most recognizable icons of the history of art as well as the incarnation of michelangelo’s #genius. check out the latest issue of @natgeo to read more about what makes a genius.
don’t miss the premiere of #genius tonight 9/8c on @natgeochannel, as we delve into the life of albert einstein - the man behind the mind.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown.
a baby chimpanzee observes visitors to the kisangani zoo. despite being among the most minerally rich countries in the world, the democratic republic of the congo has ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations, largely due to corruption. the kisangani zoo receives just enough funding from visitors to stay open but not enough to maintain healthy conditions for the chimps, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, birds and other creatures that populate the grounds. organization such as the @janegoodallinst are active in pursuing proper conditions for chimps in the region. for more from congo follow me at @michaelchristopherbrown
By @drewtrush // i had never been here before, and swung by the ranger station to orient myself and try and get some information. “that's the temple of the moon” the ranger said as he pointed his hand over his shoulder at a picture hanging on the wall as i asked him about rock formations to place in front of the milky way. “but the moon doesn’t set until 4:03, so you won’t have any stars until then which may be a problem”. the road (not marked in the dark) took a little while and 3 passes to find before i finally made my way the twenty something miles down the dusty dirt road. i finally arrived at 1:30 in the morning and grabbed some much needed sleep in the truck, parked at the base of this formation. when i woke, the milky way had just come into view as the moon set behind the ridge and put on an amazing show until dawn. as they say, "sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good."
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) - as the sun begins to set over tavurvur volcano in rabaul, it marks the beginning of a fishing trip for these two boys in their dugout canoe, just off the eastern coast of new britain, papua new guinea.
“for those of us who believe in physics, this separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, if a stubborn one.” – albert einstein. #genius depicts the life of albert einstein – the man behind the mind. tune in to the series premiere tonight 9/8c on @natgeochannel.
Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz when i get out of the big cities here i often feel like the first foreigner in china, as everyone wants to have their picture taken with the long nose. this group of mongolian singers were no different, and made me feel like brad pitt …for about 5 seconds. #onassignment in the kubuqi desert of inner mongolia. for a glimpse of their unique desert ecosystem go to @geosteinmetz
Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo // a fur seal stretches and rolls around at the base of blue whale vertebrae at an old whaling station on the antarctic peninsula. between 1910 and 1930 in this small area alone, over 61,336 blue whales were killed. if you add in right, fin, sei, humpback and s***m whales, the catch added up to 118,159 in that period. seals were also wiped out. except for humpback and minke whales, the great whales in this area remain a tiny a fraction of what they once were. fur seals, however, have shown great signs of recovery. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this changing land and seascape. #nature#whales#humanimpact#seal#ecosystemrecovery
On assignment with @daviddoubilet // photographing an american crocodile at night in the mangroves of gardens of the queen national park, cuba. this crocodile rested in the soft seagrass for several minutes and then rose slowly to take a breath of air and return to the bottom to sleep again. crocodiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements increase circulation of water and nutrients through the dense root systems of the mangroves. gardens of the queen marine preserve, located fifty miles south of cuba, is a time capsule in the caribbean that looks much like it did when columbus arrived and named it in honor of his queen. from @natgeo story underwater jewels in the path of tourism with team @jenniferhayesig and #leandroblanco#ocean#crocodile#mangroves#cuba#nationalpark#extreme#followme for #moreocean and more images of crocodiles @daviddoubilet
Photo be @robertclarkphoto | the #nakedmolerat is an extraordinary mammal, they are coldblooded, no other known #mammal is. they live in an underground tunnel complexes in colonies of hundreds led by a queen, they live in hives, much like bees. for several years scientists thought they didn't get cancer.
and now it seems that they can survive for 18 minutes with no oxygen. no oxygen. generally, they can run their cells on glucose, the usual way of mice, humans and all other mammals. that process requires oxygen, which comes from breathing.
but mole rats can switch to a different kind of biochemical process that uses fructose, the sugar in fruit and high fructose corn syrup which needs almost no oxygen. the mole rat falls a suspended animation, with a much lower heart rate and breathing. other mammals, like people and mice, can metabolize fructose without oxygen, only in a very limited way. mole rats evolved this ability because the tunnels they live in can be low in oxygen.
Photo by @chamiltonjames / charlie hamilton james - bison in grand teton national park, wyoming. grand teton national park doesn’t have as many bison as its closer larger neighbour yellowstone national park, but a small population persist here. they spend the harsh winter using their enormous heads and powerful necks to plough the snow in pursuit of edible plants beneath the snow. this image was taken on a remote camera back in december - a camera i recovered today after the snow finally melted and revealed it. shot on assignment for national geographic society